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Poorly ventilated deep ocean at the Last Glacial Maximum inferred from carbon isotopes: A data-model comparison study

Menviel, L; Yu, Jimin; Joos, F.; Mouchet, A.T.; Meissner, KA; England, Matthew Heathcote


Atmospheric CO2 was ∼90 ppmv lower at the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) compared to the late Holocene, but the mechanisms responsible for this change remain elusive. Here we employ a carbon isotope-enabled Earth System Model to investigate the role of ocean circulation in setting the LGM oceanic 𝛿13C distribution, thereby improving our understanding of glacial/interglacial atmospheric CO2 variations. We find that the mean ocean 𝛿13C change can be explained by a 378 ± 88 Gt C (2𝜎) smaller LGM...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Paleoceanography
DOI: 10.1002/2016PA003024
Access Rights: Open Access


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